updated 01:35 pm EST, Mon January 17, 2011
Lion could hold last Server release for Mac OS X
Apple may be ready to discontinue both Xsan and Final Cut Server, "reliable" sources are quoted as saying. Although the company has, allegedly, yet to make a final decision, Hardmac also suggests that based on its information, there is little chance of Apple changing its mind. It may in fact be preparing to drop Mac OS X Server, though this would only be after a release for Mac OS X Lion, according to claims.
Such a course would represent an almost total abandonment of the enterprise market, if not an unprecedented one. Apple is discontinuing the Xserve as of January 31st, pushing corporations to switch to Mac Pros or Mac minis if they want new Mac server hardware. The vast majority of Apple product sales come from the consumer market, and so the company may want to cut losses by axing enterprise products.
In recent years it has, conversely, been bent on increasing enterprise support for iOS devices. IT staff have access to official administrative tools, and the platform has gradually gained features like Exchange support and increased security options like remote wipes. Adoption of the iPad has been particularly rapid, with as many as half or more of the Fortune 100 testing or actively using the tablet.